Takedown defence to submission & throwing it out there (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia I learn from my students all the time. This is no false modesty. It is very easy to think you know best for your class or family, but it can be difficult to actually listen empathetically to what is wanted. Today, I asked some questions and I got some answers. However, first I got them into a bit of burnout using the stand-up range as a model. We began with punching and jogging on the spot. This […]

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Is your self-defence any good?

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Image by Pioneer Library System via Flickr Preface Before I begin this article let me get a few things straight about its content. I will be discussing the training methods behind the hard skills required for what I see as efficient self defence. I will be setting down three very general performance criteria, which I think are fairly easy for a club to comply with if they are professing to teach effective skills for self defence, civilian combatives or anything […]

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Muscle Memory and Conditioned Responses (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 10.01.12 Today’s lesson was focused on developing muscle memory at all ranges. We began with a footwork warm-up exercise. Both students mirrored each other's footwork and prompted each other to sprawl. We then moved further up onto some Greco-Roman bulling and grip-fighting. We then practiced overhook/underhook pummelling and did some clinch training, working the v-step on its own, with sweeps and then with knee strikes. Next we drilled arm-drag entries as a flow drill with blocks and […]

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Back in Action (diary entry)

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05.01.12 Our first session back after the Christmas break and time to check the rust! Today’s session was fairly comprehensive, beginning with self-defence and then moving onto MMA with a sufficient overlap at the transitional stage.   We began with a quick regular warm-up of specific cardiovascular exercises. Then we moved straight onto some partner work. It began with a revision of basic fence principles as a warm-up/memory retention exercise. One student kept moving into the other’s space whilst the […]

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Vagabond Warriors 2.0

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  This is it! The Vagabond Warriors intelligent training approach shifts to its next natural stage. Now we offer one of the most comprehensive services on the seminar circuit. No longer will th seminar be the beginning and end of your training experience. Vagabond Warriors is a service-driven approach to individualistic cross-training in functional martial arts. From your confirmation of attendance you will be given information on the programme and be actively engaged with the training experience. It is therefore […]

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The English Riots of 2011 – A Reflection on Violence

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Image via Wikipedia Image via Wikipedia I write this now as the proverbial and literal dust has completely settled over the England riots that held media and public attention from 6th to 10th August 2011. There is a reason for this. We are now past a time where the causes of these incidents and recriminations for those involved were being debated. What once felt like Armageddon has now become a small piece of violent history. We can now reflect without […]

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The Final Word on Columbine? (a review of Dave Cullen’s “Columbine”)

Cover of "Columbine"

Cover of Columbine   On 20th April 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 13 people at their high school, injured a further 24, impacted the whole collective consciousness of an entire community and inspired terror across America and into Europe. For years afterwards the name of the tragedy would simply be referred to as "Columbine". There would be books and documentaries made. There would countless reports and stories. This was not the biggest mass killing in American history. As […]

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Striking from Grappling Positions Part 3 (diary entry)

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Image by icantcu via Flickr 12.12.11: it's our final lesson of the year. So although I didn't want to break with the programme we have been following over the last two weeks, today's session was less technique or even tactic focused and inflused with plenty of "games". We warmed up with the usual specific movements and shadow boxing from all ranges, and then went straight into some competitive exercises. This included a couple of chase-orientated games. Then we went straight […]

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Striking from Grappling Positions Part 2 (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia 05.12.11. Today's warm-up was more about getting a flow going and keeping heart rates moving. The weather is beginning to more resemble the winter now, catching most people off their guard, so I think everyone was grateful of a more thorough warm-up. We cover all the specific and functional fitness movements, moving in and out of freestyle and set movements. This same principle was then carried over onto focus-mitt work, which was a blend of high intensity […]

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Striking from grappling positions part 1 (diary entry)

English: Muay thai, knees in clinch.

Image via Wikipedia 28.11.11 The agility/footwork programme using the cones continued today after a freestyle warm-up of specific exercises and shadow boxing (at all ranges) as well as breakfalls and rolls.  With the class now quite familiar with many of the exercises we added in a competitive component. Two sides raced each other, relay fashion, with the following exercise combinations   1. Run around cones and three long jumps to extra set of cones on the way back 2. 45 degree footsteps […]

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Mixed Martial Arts and the Quest for Integrity

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Image via Wikipedia Like punk rock, mixed martial arts seemingly smashed its way onto the public scene without compromise and upset the current order in a way that hadn’t been seen for decades. As with the petulant bastard child of rock ‘n roll, MMA began as a hard-edged spectacle that outraged the establishment and promptly got itself banned all over the place. Both were considered trends, but few realized just how well they would adapt, survive and thrive.   Today […]

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Intensity and Pressure (diary entry)

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Image via Wikipedia Tonight the warm-up combined agility drills with regular mat exercises and a little partner-work. Therefore footwork exercises would quickly transition into bear-crawls, frog jumps, snaking/shrimping, rolls, sprawls, sit-throughs, takedown entriees and target striking.   Keeping energy levels up the class moved onto some focus-mitt work. Intensity was the name of the game today with the need to work fast-twitch muscle fibres with specific techniques and combinations. Freestyle work was mixed in with intensive repetitions of fast straight […]

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Mo Teague and W. Hock Hocheim Combative Seminar by Will Knowles (diary entry)

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Will Knowles is our guest reviewer for the weekend combatives seminar held in Telford last weekend. Will is an instructor under my coach, Mo Teague. This seminar saw the historic pairing of Mo with the American combatives expert, W. Hock Hocheim. I was truly gutted that I couldn't attend this event, but feel I should draw attention to it just in case they decide to hold another one. From what I have heard back from both of these instructors, who […]

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Jamie Clubb Interview by Michael Rosenbaum

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Jamie Clubb’s study of the fighting arts is broad, varied and insightful. It reflects his experiences as a circus performer, author and martial artist.  A noted pragmatist and innovator, Clubb’s viewpoints, nevertheless, have a certain ring of traditionalism to them. By traditionalism I mean combat being the reason for the fighting arts existence, not competition. 1. How did you originally become involved in the fighting arts and what drew you to the path you’ve taken? Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow! […]

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Jamie Clubb Interview

Storm Shadow (G.I. Joe)

Image via Wikipedia Jamie Clubb Interview by Michael Rosenbaum   Jamie Clubb’s study of the fighting arts is broad, varied and insightful. It reflects his experiences as a circus performer, author and martial artist.  A noted pragmatist and innovator, Clubb’s viewpoints, nevertheless, have a certain ring of traditionalism to them. By traditionalism I mean combat being the reason for the fighting arts existence, not competition.   1. How did you originally become involved in the fighting arts and what drew […]

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